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Published July 22nd 2012
After spending some time exploring the streets of Williamsburg, New York, complete your trip by paying a visit to the famous chocolatier, Mast Brothers Chocolate. The Brooklyn-based purveyor of organic artisan chocolates takes the process behind their decadent handmade offerings seriously.

Some treats displayed on store shelves at Mast Brothers Chocolate. Located at 111 North Third Avenue, Brooklyn.

Upon entering the venue you'll notice that, instead of the bold colors seen in other venues providing sweets, Mast Brothers Chocolate uses pristine white tiles and red bricks with warm accents, such as stacks of brown sacks filled with cacao beans, gigantic ropes, and wicker and wooden furnishings and accessories.

Simple accents abound the store.

Founded by Rick and Michael Mast, the venue that bears their surname imports high-quality cacao beans directly from farmers in Central America, Africa and other places around the world. Their chocolate creations start out with the goodness within harvested cacao pods, such as those resting on the table below.

Cacao pods are harvested from sources throughout the world.

To learn more about the process behind the venue's chocolate products, check out the wall-sized blackboard on the display and retail floor.

All about the Mast Brothers chocolate-making process.

Since you're inside a factory, don't be surprised if you catch a glimpse of staff members wrapping bars of chocolate in gold foil, or cutting nibs or chocolate bars into bite-sized portions for you to sample.

Staff wrapping chocolate bars in the open work areas.


Cocoa nibs, anyone?


Sample some of their many flavors.


Simplicity prevails throughout the shop, which evokes a relaxed yet adventurous spirit—perhaps a reminder of the global journey its cacao beans undergo. Butcher paper unrolled to span a countertop serves as a natural accent to the stars of the venue, the tasty finished products encased in see-through containers.

Under the dome sit some yummy options.


Sweet bundles of brownies and cakes await lucky patrons.

Don't forget to select a few goodies for you to take home as a sweet reminder of your visit, or to gift to those who couldn't accompany you.

Would a bundle of bars be the perfect gift?


Or a box of truffles, chocolates and a brownie?

Your precious to-go items will delight their recipients, especially those with a sweet tooth. Perhaps they'll gift you a little something when they drop by Mast Brothers, too.
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Why? Your trip simply isn’t complete without stopping by
When: Open daily, from 12 noon to 7 p.m.
Where: 111 North Third Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Cost: Prices vary.
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